Turn Left at Orion: Hundreds of Night Sky Objects to See in a Home Telescope - and How to Find Them / Edition 4

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Overview

With over 100,000 copies sold since first publication, this is one of the most popular astronomy books of all time. It is a unique guidebook to the night sky, providing all the information you need to observe a whole host of celestial objects. With a new spiral binding, this edition is even easier to use outdoors at the telescope and is the ideal beginner's book. Keeping its distinct one-object-per-spread format, this edition is also designed for Dobsonian telescopes, as well as for smaller reflectors and refractors, and covers Southern hemisphere objects in more detail. Large-format eyepiece views, positioned side-by-side, show objects exactly as they are seen through a telescope, and with improved directions, updated tables of astronomical information and an expanded night-by-night Moon section, it has never been easier to explore the night sky on your own. Many additional resources are available on the accompanying website, www.cambridge.org/turnleft.
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Editorial Reviews

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"This is quite possibly the most inviting guidebook ever written to help people with binoculars and small telescopes find, view, understand, and, most of all, enjoy everything in the night sky from the Moon and planets to distant star clusters, nebulae, and galaxies. And if you think it's only for beginners, think again--every telescope owner should have a copy." Dennis di Cicco, Senior Editor, Sky & Telescope

"Turn Left at Orion is an essential guide for both beginners and more experienced amateur astronomers who will find much inside to reinvigorate their passion for the stars. The diagrams are simple, clear and functional, and the text eloquently captures the excitement of observing. Stargazing has never been made so easy and if you buy just one book on observational astronomy, make sure it's this one." Keith Cooper, Editor, Astronomy Now

"Since it first appeared in 1989, Turn Left at Orion has been an indispensable guidebook for the amateur astronomer possessing nothing more than a small backyard telescope. In this Fourth Edition, Guy Consolmagno and Dan Davis have revised, updated, and expanded its scope. This is not only an essential handbook for the novice, it's a useful reference for the seasoned backyard astronomer. Simply put, whatever your level of experience, you must have this book!" Glenn Chaple, Contributing Editor, Astronomy

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521153973
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 9/22/2011
  • Format: Spiral Bound
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 168,337
  • Product dimensions: 10.24 (w) x 12.04 (h) x 0.49 (d)

Meet the Author

Guy Consolmagno is a Jesuit brother at the Specola Vaticana (Vatican Observatory), dividing his time between Tucson, Arizona and Castel Gandolfo, Italy. He studies the origin and evolution of moons and asteroids in our solar system and uses a 3.5'' catadioptic and an 8'' Dobsonian. He has been awarded the 2014 Carl Sagan Medal from the American Astronomical Society for outstanding communication by an active planetary scientist to the general public.

Dan M. Davis is a professor of geophysics in the Department of Earth and Space Sciences at Stony Brook University, New York. He researches the formation of mountain belts on Earth. His observations for this book were made with a 2.4" refractor and with 8" and 10" Dobsonians.

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Table of Contents

1. How do you get to Albireo?; 2. How to use this book; 3. The Moon; 4. The planets; 5. Seasonal skies: January–March; 6. Seasonal skies: April–June; 7. Seasonal skies: July–September; 8. Seasonal skies: October–December; 9. Northern skies; 10. Southern skies; 11. Where do you go from here?; Index; Behind the eyepiece.
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  • Posted September 6, 2012

    Highly recommended-it will light up your night sky!!!

    My first copy of "Turn Left at Orion" has become dog-eared & coffee stained through decades of use. So, when I saw the re-issue of it announced I hurried to obtain a new copy. This expanded & somewhat enlarged version is an excellent addition to any amateur astronomy
    library & field supplies. It covers not only the basics of telescope design & use, but will guide you through the night sky like an old friend teaching you how to fish. As a seasoned astronomer, I highly recommend this book to not only beginners, but experienced astronmers as well, as it is an indispensible tool for exploring the wonders of the night sky.

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